Terracycle

I’ve done quite a bit of reading about Terracycling, mainly to find a way to recycle things that we currently put in our black bins. Ideally we would reduce these things or find an alternative but at the end of the day, we are busy people with families and mostly a budget where we need to balance potentially paying extra with what is right for us.

Taken from their website…”TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.”

So basically, the bigger companies who create the waste, sponsor the recycling schemes and members of the public and businesses create drop off points and send the waste to Terracycle. For each kilogram of waste sent, you receive a certain amount of Terracycle points which equates to money you can donate to a charity of your choice.

There are some items that you can only create a collection point for if you are a business or have a community building and are a certain amount of miles away from another collection point.

The list of items that can be collected and dropped off in Torfaen (or near) are:
Baby food pouches
Contact lenses
Confectionery packaging
Crisp packets
Pet food sachets
Tassimo and L’OR coffee pods
Pens, highlights, markers, correction fluid pots
Biscuits, crackers, and cake bar wrappers
Toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes

Information about the available collection points or even setting up your own can be found when you click on the links above.

Don’t forget, traveling to a collection point to take a few items, unless you are going there anyway defeats the object of saving the planet and adds a huge carbon footprint onto the recycling. Save up as much as you can before making the journey.